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Remember the PIV?

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Remember when doing inspections to check out the fire department connection.  We all do that pretty well for the most part, making sure that nothing is blocking it and noting where it is for tactical reasons.  However, I have seen crews miss checking the Post Indicator Valve when checking the FDC/Sprinkler System. It is just […]

Company Training Discussion 2: Residential Fire with Exposure

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This is the response from the posting from the other day.  Our fried Fred commented with the following details: Assuming wood frame construction of main structure. Challenges: fire already past egress point at patio doors of main structure. Exposure of propane tank in backyard. Possible hazardous storage in garage. Garage may be block construction. 1st […]

Inspections

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As you can see, this is a huge obstacle for those wanting to get out of that door.  I have had companies do inspections and when I asked about the exterior, especially the rear of the building, I would get blank stares. It is important to check out the exterior in particular where the exit […]

Inspecting Exits and Exit Aisles

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You can see the problem here, right?  This is a common problem in warehouses, mercantile stores and the “big box” stores, especially the large do-it-yourself stores.  We have to make sure that these lanes are not ‘permanently’ blocked.  The exception is if they are using the lift to move merchandise to or from high shelves, […]

Company Training Discussion 2: Residential Fire with Exposure

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Here is another look at a residential house fire.  What challenges might we have with this fire and where would your first attack line go?  Where would you put your second line and what size?  How would your size-up be transmitted?  What type of contruction are you assuming?  Post you comments and I will post […]

More On Engineered Lumber

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[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nc-IZhpIYwk] I know this is older but is worth mentioning and showing again. Be careful out there and take time to look for basements.  Stay safe.

Know Your Buildings

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[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIyZx8uIMh0] Here is an older, but good reporting video from Dave Statter on building construction and how it affects our efforts. Stay safe.

India School Fire in 1995 Killed Over 500

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On this day in 1995, over 500 people were killed during a school ceremony in Dabwali, Haryana India. There were entire families and mostly children that were killed that day. The school had set up a large tent/membrane structure for a special event for the school.  It is believe that a short circuit in some […]

Ridge Cut

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[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlkfrsFXFK8] Here is a good video showing a ridge cut for venting a roof vertically.  Don’t forget that on a real fire, you need to wear SCBA and it is still optimum to have a roof ladder to help to operate off. In addition, care must be made to ensure that the roof is stable enough […]

Wear Your PPE!

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We can see that there is a working fire at this building.  It is very likely a good choice to vertically ventilte this building. However, how a commanding officer could allow his people to put themselves in this situation is unacceptable. There are at least two firefighters on this roof with smoke and fire below them […]

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